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Cookie Policy

West Somerset Cookie Policy

How we use your information
Like most websites, http://www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk uses cookies.  This privacy notice outlines what you can expect when West Somerset uses cookies. If you would like to know more about cookies and the EU Cookie Directive, please visit The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)http://www.ico.gov.uk

Visitors to our website
When someone visits http://www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk we collect standard internet log data and details of visitor behaviour patterns using Google Analytics.  We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site.  We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone.  We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.  We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.  If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be clear and honest about it.  We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Use of cookies by West Somerset
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.  The table below outlines the cookies that West Somerset use and why.

Cookie Description
CMSPreferredCulture A temporary cookie that collects and sets the user’s culture preference e.g.  GB/Eng
ASP.NET_SessionId A temporary cookie that collects the user’s session ID
sifrFetch Stores a value on the user’s machine to determine whether or not it can support SIFR.  SIFR is a flash tool that is used for displaying obscure fonts that would otherwise not be supported by many browsers
UrlReferrer This collects the URL that the user came from upon arriving at the site
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These cookies are used to record anonymous information about the traffic the site receives and are from the third party Google Analytics traffic service.  North Down Museum analyse this data to compile reports which help us improve our website for users.  The cookies collect data in an anonymous form and cannot be traced back to an individual.

Please note:
This cookie policy does not cover any cookies used by external sites that may be linked to this site e.g. YouTube, Social Network sites.

Opting out of Cookie usage
It is possible to opt out of having your anonymous browsing activity within websites recorded by analytics cookies.  West Somerset uses Google Analytics and you can opt out of their cookies by clicking http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout .  Please note that this will take you to the relevant third party's website and generate a ‘no thanks' cookie, which will stop any further cookies being set by those third parties.


Alternatively, you can configure your web browser to accept all cookies or to alert you each time a cookie is offered by a website.  Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You can set your browser option so that you will not receive cookies and you can also delete existing cookies from your browser.  Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.   To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org .